Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) caused a stir among political watchers prior to the short-lived government shutdown when he reportedly made an offer to President Trump to fund the proposed “Wall” with the Mexican border.
“During the meeting, in exchange for strong [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] protections,” Schumer said from the Senate floor, “I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for the discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on his meeting with President Trump: “In exchange for strong DACA protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the President to finish the deal” https://t.co/huVlNm6rf4
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The offer allegedly took place at a meeting with President Trump, as was reported by the New York Times. However, read the fine print:
As the meal progressed, an outline of an agreement was struck, according to one person familiar with the discussion: Mr. Schumer said yes to higher levels for military spending and discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico. In exchange, the president agreed to support legalizing young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
Mr. Schumer left the White House believing he had persuaded the president to support a short, three to four-day spending extension to finalize an agreement, which would also include disaster funding and health care measures.
Did you catch that? Schumer was open to the “possibility” of fully funding the wall, contingent upon other Democrat demands.
Now, Schumer is eliminating the possibility altogether, at least given current political conditions. As reported in Politico:
Chuck Schumer is taking his big spending boost for Donald Trump’s border wall off the table.
The Senate minority leader, through an aide, informed the White House that he was retracting the offer he made last week to give Trump well north of the $1.6 billion in wall funding Trump had asked for this year, according to two Democrats. And now they say Trump will simply not get a better deal than that on his signature campaign promise.
Schumer “took it off,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democratic Senator from Illinois. “He called the White House yesterday and said it’s over.”
The Democratic Party is suffering badly in public perception due to its capitulation on the government shutdown. As left-wing publication Slate summed up its sentiments, “The Democrats are Losers.” Ouch.
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